Jesus Saves

Well, gee, it didn’t take a prophet to see this coming:

Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda

, a.k.a. the Missouri City Jesus, has been busted using charitable contributions for his personal expenses.

The Miami Herald has the story:

The Miami-based preacher who has basked in international attention since declaring himself the second coming of Jesus Christ has used charitable donations to his ministry for personal expenses -- paying $144,000 a year in alimony to his first wife and buying property in his and his relatives' names.

Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda disclosed details of the previously secret financial workings of his church through sworn testimony last month in an increasingly nasty divorce from his second wife.

The revelations from the witness stand, which experts say suggest violations of federal law, prompted a Miami-Dade circuit judge to send a transcript to federal prosecutors this month with a letter saying he was ''ethically compelled'' to bring it to their attention. The U.S. attorney in Miami has confirmed opening an investigation.

Also in the Miami Herald is a profile of De Jesus’s soon-to-be-ex-wife. The story opens with Josefina De Jesus Torres looking over wedding photos, which is kind of weird, since when Houston Press photographer Daniel Kramer and I visited the De Jesus home last year, we both noticed the house was covered in photos from their nuptials. We’re talking covered. Like she was making sure all who entered knew she was married to Jesus.

Looks like she might have to do some redecorating. – Keith Plocek

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